June 29, 2021

10 Facts About Depression Later in Life

An elderly person holding a flower
  1. Depression is common.
  2. 1 in 6 visits to a medical office relates to depression.
  3. Clues that can suggest depression include pain, insomnia, worrying, frequent calls/visits to the doctors’ office, or calls to family members.
  4. Depression is frequently seen after cardiac bypass surgery, hip surgery, heart attack, stroke, or any long-term illness — or in those who refuse medical care!
  5. Clues to depression in nursing home residents include apathy, social withdrawal, weight loss, agitation, or prolonged physical rehabilitation.
  6. Late-life depression magnifies any existing medical or physical disability, pain, or dependency.
  7. Most late-life depression is treated by primary care physicians, not by mental health specialists. 
  8. Any illness with disabling symptoms-even arthritis- can provoke depression. 
  9. Suicide is five times more common in later life than at other ages.
  10. Screening for depression works to identify those who need professional help.
A woman thinking about depression

If you are feeling depressed, contact a licensed therapist in your area. We are here to support you. Counseling is safe, confidential and for everyone.

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Claudia Chavarro Counselor, MS, LMHC
University of North Florida: BA Psychology 2010
Nova Southeastern University: Masters of Science Mental Health Counseling

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